FARMINGDALE – Removing large dangerous trees from the graveyard and additional funding for paving are among the priorities of Farmingdale's proposed spending plan.
The Board of Selectmen is proposing a budget of nearly $ 1.69 million in spending for residents to consider at its annual town council on Thursday, with a little more than $ 1 million in property taxes to be increased.
"It's not much more than last year" Doug Ebert, chairman of the Selectmen board of directors said. "We tried to be as flat as possible when it came to spending."
A year ago, voter-approved spending was $ 1.5 million, up from $ 1.68 million the year before.
The Farmingdale property tax rate takes three components into account – the local tax and the school district and Kennebec County government assessments.
Farmingdale's property tax rate is currently $ 17.50 per $ 1,000 valued valuation. Ebert said it was too early to say what the property tax will be for the coming fiscal year. While the Kennebec County's assessment was finalized, voters in Regional School Unit 2 – which Farmingdale is a part of – have not yet voted on the district's proposed $ 32.6 million budget. Once this is established, the mil rate can be calculated for the fiscal year beginning July 1st.
"We're trying to stay as close as possible to last year, but of course there are things that unfortunately have to go up," said Ebert.
Ebert said the cemetery sexton has requested that three large trees that are in disrepair be removed before they fall and damage tombstones that the city would have to pay to repair or replace.
"We're trying to be one step ahead of the game," he said. "We tried to preserve the cemetery as best we could, and then you get to a point where something big happens."
The city council expects an increase in fees for services such as dispatching services and fire hydrant rentals, as well as wages and administrative costs for the city council. Some of these costs are mitigated by expected reductions in other costs, including the Gardiner Ambulance Service and Constable Services.
The chosen ones added $ 25,000 to the highway maintenance budget to bring it to $ 350,000, to be funded through $ 325,000 excise tax and $ 25,000 from Maine city road funds.
"We want to do a little extra road work," he said.
City residents will also consider enacting an ordinance that would allow the Farmingdale Fire Department to require insurance companies to reimburse insurance companies for costs arising from accidents or emergencies that the Farmingdale division is responsible for or under a Call for mutual help responds. This can include anything from cleaning up or containing hazardous substances or liquids, to getting people out of vehicles, to performing security checks at accident sites.
The regulation does not apply to residents involved in road accidents or fires.
Wayne Kilgore is running for re-election in the local elections on June 8th. The ballot also contains the referendum on the proposed budget for regional school unit 2. The vote will take place in the gym of the Hall-Dall Middle School
Farmingdale's town meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Thursday at Hall-Dale High School's gym.
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